5 Fun Facts About Raising Arizona Preschool

Tour Little Einsteins’ Classroom

Ms. Marina takes on on a tour of her classroom. Little Einstiens is our social-emotional, academic, and play-based prekindergarten program. This class is a small group size that some children may benefit from.


Raising Arizona Preschool teacher, Ms.  Marina sat down with us, so we could learn more about her and  her classroom.   Ms. Marina is our Little Einsteins’ teacher, she is currently in process of both her Child Developmental Associates Credential and several certifications in early childhood education topics, including exceptional children.  

Learn more about Raising Arizona Preschool’s Little Einsteins Teacher….




Can you tell us a little bit more about your role, your background, and some of your experience with working with children?

Sure, I am the Little Einsteins, 4-5’s Teacher.  I have 12 years in preschool and childcare. I was a Director for 3 years, for 8 years a Two’s Teacher, and I have been with RAP for 2 years. The current role I have is I am the PreK Social-Emotional classroom Teacher.

What is one aspect of early education and teaching that you implement in your daily activities with the children?

Oh, that would be social-emotional learning.

What are some of the improvements and changes that you have made at RAP?

I think, social-emotional aspects of the curriculum and the learning environment. I, just understand the toll anxiety can have children., I, made improvements in this area of our center.


Having a great support network of team members and families can really make a challenging situation that much easier, what advice would you have a new teacher?

Being Honest.  Speak-up. Say you need help when you need support. Also, I think seeking outside resources to help you grow and improve.  Things like the registry, and other resources to help you.  Really important is ‘play on your own strengths’. Know where your passion is, and talent is and uses that.  If you’re not good at artwork, its OK, what are you good at? Start by using what you are good at, and then go from and grow from there.


What has been the biggest challenge in this new role of Little Einsteins teacher for you?

Just all the different personalities and varied social-emotional skills. Meeting the individual child’s needs while still meeting the needs of the class.  The challenge of preparing them for kindergarten was a huge project for both them and me!


What do you enjoy most about your role as a social-emotional, play-based academics PreK teacher?

Oh, I enjoy watching children grow. I enjoy seeing them blossom, gives me a sense of fulfillment.


Is there anything else you want to share with about RAP or about yourself?

I am enjoying adapting curriculum to social-emotional learning and helping my fellow team of teachers reach their potential.   We have a great teaching team and staff here at RAP.



Wonderful, thank you so much, Ms. Marina, we really appreciated your time!

Thank you!



A big thank you to Ms. Marina from Raising Arizona Preschool, Glendale location.


Would you like to see the Little Einsteins class in action?  Call 623-777-0113 and schedule a tour today.




Raising Arizona Preschool – a Snapshot-

Raising Arizona Preschool was established in 2004 and opened it’s Glendale location in 2013. We have become a place for families seeking affordable high-quality care and early education services in Glendale.

We are happy to say that, because of our great service, high-quality programs, and a culture of mindfulness, our Glendale location is near capacity.  Many of our classrooms have a waitlist.

We not only provide care and early education and developmental programs we care about families and often provide resources and referrals in times of need or crisis.  We are a small preschool and child care center with a BIG mission!

**spaces limited some classrooms may have a wait list

Our Program is Different We Have:

  • Mindfulness Development for children, teachers, and staff
  • Mindfulness Coaching for Staff Development
  • Seasonal On-site Community Garden with coaching and events from Maricopa County
  • Proprietary Prekindergarten curriculum
  • On-site Certified and Credentialed ASU PBS Registry Professional Development Trainer
  • Proprietary Teacher Training Modules and Program
  • Meals & Snacks prepared on site FRESH daily.
  • A Small Group (very low ratio) Social-Emotional Academic Prekindergarten Program
  • A Kindergarten readiness program
  • Seasonal Family Events
  • A Prekindergarten Graduation package and celebration


Our Program includes:

  • Live updates and photos throughout the day via a secure mobile application
  • Cameras in every classroom
  • Fingerprint Scan to check in and out children
  • Trained and Experienced Teachers
  • Highly-Qualified Administrative Staff
  • Behavioral Coaching for teachers of qualifying children and family resources
  • Healthy Diverse Meals and Snacks


We Offer:

  • Toddler Development Program (12 months to 2 years) **must be walking
  • Toddler Enrichment Program (2-3 years)
  • Preschool Program (3 and 4 years old)
  • Prekindergarten Program (4 and 5 years old) **must be entering kindergarten in the coming school year.
  • ‘Little Einsteins’ Social-Emotional Prekindergarten
  • Before and After School Care and Transportation



Call today for a tour or stop by and visit us.

6145 W Olive  Tours between  6:00 am to Noon AND 2: oo pm to 5:15 daily.



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Educational Impact of High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten Program


“High‐quality early childhood education equips children with the cognitive skills required for success in elementary school and beyond” (Weiland & Yoshikawa).   A recent study on the impacts and effects of prekindergarten was conducted by the Institute of Education Sciences and surveyed prekindergarten programs in the Boston, Massachusetts.  The findings of this study were that it appears that high-quality prekindergarten programs have “positive, small‐to‐large effects on children’s cognitive development” (Weiland & Yoshikawa).

In addition, a secondary study of the effects of prekindergarten conducted by the Russell Sage Foundation’s Social Inequality programs also showed significant benefits for children who attended a high-quality prekindergarten program. This study also showed that prekindergarten was most effective for disadvantaged children. “These results suggest that the greatest potential return to public investments in early education may be obtained by increasing disadvantaged children’s enrollment in prekindergarten” (Magnusen  et al.).

Benefits of a high-quality prekindergarten program included higher academic scores in elementary school in the areas of literacy, language, mathematics, in addition, prekindergarten graduates had a much higher level of emotional development.  The Russell Sage Study findings stated that the quality of prekindergarten curriculum and support for staff were factors in the outcomes for children.  The combination of evidence‐based curricula and coaching supports implemented had brought about educationally and statistically significant improvements in multiple domains of school readiness. (Magnusen  et al.).

A Duke study stated, “Findings in developmental science point toward the importance of early-life experiences in shaping brain development” (Dodge 2017).  The Duke study had the same findings as prior studies which reported;

“Pre-k programs are not all equally effective. Several effectiveness factors may be at work in the most successful programs. One such factor supporting early learning is a well implemented, evidence-based curriculum. Coaching for teachers, as well as efforts to promote orderly but active classrooms, may also be helpful.”

Dodge, K. (2017, April 17). Pre-Kindergarten Effects – What the Science Says.


The past and current research show that yes; a high-quality prekindergarten program has a lasting effect on school readiness and future school success. However, high-quality is the key ingredient for a successful prekindergarten experience.  Programs which are based in research-based early education curriculum, have quality and qualified teachers, and ongoing coaching and support for teachers and support staff, are by far the most beneficial for young children.

When it comes to choosing a prekindergarten program for your child families should look for the hallmarks of a high-quality program.  As effective and beneficial a high-quality prekindergarten can be, it can also be a devastating experience if the program is not quality or effective.  When deciding on a prekindergarten program for your child, please be sure to educate yourself and make an informed decision about the program.

“There has been a surprising shift in the overall understanding of the benefits of pre-kindergarten in a child’s life. Beyond test scores and reading levels comes proof that a pre-k program can impact children in teen and adult years, long after school. Things like improved family formation, increased number of job hours worked, avoidance of criminal behavior and reliance on social support, even proof of increased earnings and better health; these things all stem from enrollment in pre-kindergarten”

Pre-K Matters. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/


      At Raising Arizona Preschool, we strive for high-quality.  We have developmentally appropriate academic and social-emotional play-based curriculum, trained and experienced staff, and highly experienced and credentialed administrative staff.  In addition, Raising Arizona Preschool has coaching resources for our teachers, behavioral coaching for staff and children, and ongoing technical support through Quality First of Arizona.   We also have an ASU PBS Certified Professional Development Trainer on staff to assist our teachers with training, development, and curriculum needs.  Raising Arizona Preschool fosters a culture of mindfulness for children and staff.   Our teachers engage in mindfulness development and teach children mindfulness skills that encourage developing focus and concentration, which is a needed skill for all learners.    Raising Arizona Preschool in Glendale, Arizona is a high-quality Prekindergarten program which enriches the lives of children and families and fosters lifelong learning success.





Dodge, K. (2017, April 17). Pre-Kindergarten Effects – What the Science Says.

Retrieved from      https://sanford.duke.edu/articles/pre-kindergarten-effects-–-what-science-says

Magnuson, K. A., Ruhm, C., & Waldfogel, J. (2007). Does prekindergarten improve school preparation

and performance? Economics of Education Review, 26(1), 33-5doi:10.1016/j.econedurev.2005.09.008

Pre-K Matters. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/

Weiland, C., & Yoshikawa, H. (2013). Impacts of a prekindergarten program on children’s mathematics,

language, literacy, executive function, and emotional skills. Child Development, 84(6), 2112-2130.    doi:10.1111/cdev.12099

Using Mindfulness to Help Kids Manage Anxiety and Stress by Lexi


It’s no secret – the habits we learn early in life stay with us through adulthood.  Family, friends, teachers, the media and the behaviors they display during our most impressionable years have a hand in the type of adult we become down the road.


Think about what you saw on television as a child or the habits your parents displayed in the home.  Do you remember them?  Do you often find yourself replicating those behaviors as an adult?  Even something as simple as the products we buy in the grocery store or idioms we use in conversation are deeply rooted in what we saw in our earliest years.


In fact, studies show that by the time we reach age nine, we have already set in place many of the habits we will carry into adulthood.  Once habits have been established, especially in terms of health and wellness, it can be hard to adjust them later in life.  That’s why it’s important to give children plenty of tools early on to improve their mental health and cope with difficult emotions in a productive way.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing on the present moment.  It involves steering one’s attention to the senses and thoughts that naturally occur within and around it without judgment.  People often associate mindfulness with the practice of meditation,  though the two are not synonymous.


One of the most well-known forms of meditation is mindfulness meditation, but there are plenty of other types such as prayer meditation and exercise meditation.  Meditation itself is essentially the act of stopping for a moment and doing something beneficial for yourself. It goes hand-in-hand with judgment-free thinking and awareness.

Stress and Anxiety in Children

Living in this world means dealing with a steady flow of adverse circumstances and learning to overcome them.  For a child, difficult emotions can emerge from something as small as feelings of hunger or exhaustion or as impactful and permanent as the loss of a family member.


Regardless of the magnitude of the problem at hand, children will need the tools to manage their emotions and reactions when they come to be.  Adversity is unpredictable, but by becoming familiar with mindfulness meditation at an early age, children can reduce stress, form appropriate responses and discover happiness in the chaos.

Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

People of all ages praise mindfulness for overall improvement in mental and physical wellness.  Regular practice helps us adopt an attitude of acceptance and positivity by allowing us time to think through thoughts and feelings that reside in the back of our minds.

Stress Reduction

The most beneficial and immediate benefit of pausing for a moment is decreased stress levels.  As thoughts naturally arise while mindfulness is in practice, people have a chance to come to peace with circumstances at hand. This also gives individuals an opportunity to think through solutions and move confidently toward a resolution.

Improved Relationship-Building

Similarly to stress reduction, mindfulness can help individuals build and sharpen relationships throughout life. It teaches them to process their emotions before, during and after conflict and helps them react and communicate in a more positive way.  Schools that encourage mindful meditation have seen decreased amounts of bullying and strengthened relationships between students and their peers.


In a world filled with distractions, it is difficult for people of all ages to stay focused.  Preschool-aged children especially are in a developmental stage where they are taking in everything around them and learning to process what they see and hear at all times.  However, focus is one of the most important skills for a child to learn early on and will benefit them in many areas of their life – but most notably in academia.

Physical Health

With improved mental health comes improved physical health.  Stress reduction alone can lead to reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, lower blood pressure, improved sleep and alleviated gastrointestinal illnesses.  Though most of these complications may arise later in life, children who practice mindfulness meditation now may be less likely to experience these health problems down the road.

Bringing Mindfulness Home

Taking time to practice mindfulness at home will help you set an example for your child, reinforcing what they are taught in class and bringing their practice full circle.  Luckily, there are plenty of short and easy meditations available to busy families that will have a lasting impact on children in the home.


Simple meditation is one technique that can be executed several times throughout the day.  Take ten seconds to close your eyes, inhaling and exhaling deeply and focusing on one color or idea – honing in on the visualization of it.


When the entire family has made it home from work and school, try an end-of-day reset meditation together.  Set aside a moment to first focus in on the parts of your day that caused tension or stress while inhaling deeply. On an exhale, free yourself from those thoughts by letting them go.


Talk through the process with children so that they clearly understand what to do, or at least have an idea. Over time, the children may develop the habit of pausing on their own.


Mindfulness meditation is one piece of your child’s developmental puzzle that can have a huge impact on their quality of life.  From their first day of preschool through high school graduation, these tools will prove valuable in all types of adversity. With regular practice, mindfulness meditation will leave your child feeling confident, focused and prepared to take on anything life throws at them.

Raising Arizona Preschool

At Raising Arizona Preschool, we practice mindfulness throughout the day with all of our students. Using unique and fun activities, we teach the children to focus and build up their ability to emotionally regulate themselves.


Each child in our school is assigned a breathing buddy that makes mindfulness fun for preschoolers.  We begin each day with a mindful morning exercise as children come into the school. Soon, and soon we are going to implement a practice where the parents do a “mindful morning” with their child when they drop off.


Our classrooms are structured so that children can do mindful activities throughout the day both with a group and on their own. Children are told throughout life that they must learn to focus and concentrate. However, it is rare for children to be truly taught how to do this. Here in our classrooms we guide children to learn these abilities to handle any task they have, setting them up for a future of success.


Focus and concentration are vital to all learning processes. Implementing a daily mindfulness practice is best proven way to build up a child’s ability to focus and concentrate. And that is why each day we see children thriving in our preschool with this newly established habit.

Fun Summer Family-Friendly Activities by Lexi C.

In the blink of an eye, Spring has disappeared and made way for the longest season in Arizona – summer. With our terrifyingly high temperatures and dry heat, many parents may be dreading the next few months that are sure to push kids back indoors to the safety of the air conditioner.


However, the blistering heat shouldn’t stop the family from having fun. There are plenty of fun family activities and weekend road trips for the whole family to enjoy around Phoenix.

Swim, swim, swim!

If your family doesn’t have a pool, don’t be afraid – there are plenty of watering holes throughout the valley that are open to the public. Some even have water slides and splash parks! Sign the kids up for swimming lessons offered by the City of Phoenix by certified teachers and lifeguards. Check out the City of Phoenix’s pool page to find the closest neighborhood pool to you.


Looking for something more exciting? Take the family to one of the many water parks throughout the valley. Check out the nation’s first wave pool at Big Surf in Tempe, play mini golf at Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa, or ride the roller coaster water slide at Wet ‘n’ Wild in Glendale. Families planning on visiting the parks regularly should consider investing in a season pass. Don’t forget to keep your eye out for discount days!


For the families ready to take it easy for the weekend, consider getting a room at one of the many Arizona family-friendly resorts that feature their own enormous pool parks. The Arizona Grand Resort is home to the Oasis Water Park, complete with a floating river and waterslide. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is another great resort with multiple pools, each offering guest different attractions. Take advantage of the family friendly activities in the hotel pools before heading to the either resort’s excellent dining and spa experiences!


No matter where you decide to swim, make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen!

Head up north!

Another great Arizona summer tradition is to take a road trip up north for the weekend to escape the heat. Considering renting an SUV, packing it full of supplies, and heading towards a cooler town in the mountains or a nearby lake.


One attraction close to town is Lake Pleasant. Heading northwest from downtown Phoenix, Lake Pleasant is only about an hour drive. Rent a boat, play on the beach, pack a picnic, or even camp out overnight at the Desert Tortoise campsite on the lake’s shore.


For more natural family-friendly fun, head up to Slide Rock in Oak Creek. The Slide Rock State Park is located just north of Sedona, and features the same beautiful scenery and landscape as the famous red-rock town. Spend the day hiking the trails, exploring the orchard, or sliding down the natural waterslide in formed in Walnut Creek.


Just to the east of Phoenix lay the White Mountains. Home to a number of quaint communities, including Show Low, Alpine, and Greer, the White Mountain region is the perfect example of Arizona’s truly diverse geography. Explore the hiking trails and lakes all around the region, or spend some time in exploring local shops and restaurants.

Have fun learning!

Even though school is out, there are plenty of fun family activities to do in the summer that are both educational and entertaining. Take advantage of the living in a big city by visiting some of the amazing museums and learning centers.


Start with the Arizona Science Center, a science themed museum filled with tons of hands-on activities. Kids will have a blast learning all about anatomy, solar energy, and forces of nature as they wander through the multi-leveled maze of exhibits. Don’t forget to catch a showing of the latest documentary in the center’s big screen, 3D movie theater!


For the musicians in the family, be sure to check out the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale. The museum is home of over 6,500 different instruments from around the world that are displayed throughout the museum in regionally-based exhibits. Sign up for a self-guided tour and listen to a tour guide narrate all about music throughout the museum. Be sure to check out the museum’s kids programs and have them play in the Experience gallery to get some hands-on action with different instruments!


Of course, one of the most wild museums in the Valley is the newcomer, the Odysea in the Desert in Scottsdale. This compound is home to a number of attractions, including one of the largest aquariums in the southwest, Odysea Aquarium. Spend the day at Odysea learning about marine life, dinosaurs, butterflies, and the human body at one of the 5 major attractions on the compound. And throughout the year Odysea throws a number of family-friendly events, such as screening movies in the courtyard, fitness classes, and co

What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?


Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” (CASEL)

“A comprehensive mission for schools is to educate students to be knowledgeable, responsible, socially skilled, healthy, caring, and contributing citizens” (Greenberg).

Often children with high academic skills experience a gap in social-emotional learning.  Some children find traditional classrooms do not meet their academic and social-emotional needs.  These children may need SEL environment to challenge them and reinforce social-emotional learning. Often children who exhibit behavioral challenges are at times not challenged enough in the learning environment.  By using SEL curriculum and SEL rich environment these children can be better served and given the social-emotional learning and challenges needs for them to succeed in a classroom.


Through developmentally and culturally appropriate classroom instruction and application of learning to everyday situations, SEL programming builds children’s skills to recognize and manage their emotions, appreciate the perspectives of others, establish positive goals, make responsible decisions, and handle interpersonal situations effectively (Greenberg).


Children with high academic skills benefit highly from SEL environments.  These types of classroom provide hands-on learning, sensory experiences, and social-emotional based play and learning. At Raising Arizona Preschool, we are committed to Social-Emotional Learning. We have classroom activities with SEL environment and curriculum to engage and serve children who may benefit from this type of learning style.






“What is SEL?” CASEL, www.casel.org/what-is-sel/, (June 19, 2017)


Spring Family Activities by Lexi


We’ve reached that beautiful time of year again in Arizona – Spring! From February to May Phoenicians are blessed with that gorgeous weather that makes you happy to be living in Phoenix – and eager to have your kids spend as much time outside before that summer heat hits!


Luckily, there are plenty of low cost but high rewarding family activities in the Valley. Take advantage of the excellent deals and natural beauty found in our desert oasis and get your kids outside and active.

Take a hike

One of the benefits of living in the Valley is the healthy options of hiking trails. Ranging from expert to beginner, there are plenty of trails that children and adults of all ages can take advantage of. Consider taking the little ones to Hole in the Rock at Papago near Tempe, or a day trip towards the White Tanks for some fun outside city limits. Luckily, Visit Phoenix has published an extensive list of local hikes that feature floral varieties of all kinds and hikes of all difficulties, so whether you’re exploring with grown children or preschoolers, you’ll be able to find something to just right for everyone.

Check out a ballgame

Another fun fact about Phoenix? We’re known for Spring Training. The Cactus League Spring Training, a seasonal rite in Greater Phoenix, begins – you guessed it – during the spring each year. The 2018 Cactus League season features 15 major league teams and more than 200 games from February 23 to March 27. Ticket Prices are based on age and game, but no sports-loving family could afford to miss such a vital part of Phoenix identity. Plus, nothing inspires children to take up sports more than to grow up going to games!

Take a day trip

Known as The Grand Canyon State, the world famous natural wonder is only a short 4-hour drive from Central Phoenix. The canyon is among the most visited national wonders in the world. No child should ever miss out on experience one of the most humbling natural wonders, especially when it is so close to home.


Not all trips have to be far away. Consider taking the family to Saguaro Lake, about 45-minutes from Phoenix in Tonto National Forest. Or, consider visiting the Salt River and take a chance on seeing the wild horses.


Another great lake is Lake Pleasant. About an hour from downtown Phoenix, Lake Pleasant is an excellent escape from city life. Children will love to fish for the first time, play on Scorpion Bay, or maybe even camp overnight.

Check out one of the many zoos

Another great aspect of the valley is the number of zoos. Cultivate your child’s love of nature and life of all kinds by exploring The Phoenix Zoo, The Wildlife World Zoo, or even the latest addition, the Odysea Aquarium.


No child can resist falling in love with animals. And with the amount of educational shows and demonstrations seen at many of the zoos, children are guaranteed to learn more about the world they live in and develop a better understanding of their roles in keeping the world a safer place for all types of life.



At Raising Arizona Preschool, we encourage families to spend quality time together. Each year we several family events at no cost for our families and enjoy seeing all the families that come to enjoy dinner on us, Christmas Around the World, and other family events.

Meditation and Mindfulness of Children



 Meditations, yoga, and other mindfulness methods are cropping up in school across the country.  Research has shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can build attentiveness, respect, self-control, and empathy.  Studies also suggest these techniques help to reduce stress, hyperactivity, ADHD symptoms, and depression.


Giving children these tools to help them offers freedom from negative thoughts and behaviors. The techniques help to build self-confidence and treat others and themselves with appreciation and respect.

In Ohio, US Rep. Tim Ryan has started the Skills for Life program in public schools to teach deep breathing, meditations, and other critical problem -solving skills for elementary school-aged children.  What was discovered was these practices helped children to control emotions, reduced bullying, and increased awareness in both children and teachers.

In San Franciso School Districts over 3,000 children benefited from academic improvement from simply using meditation time and “quiet time”  Fighting was reduced and suspension rates dropped and class attendance rose!

Meditation and mindful practices can be used with even the youngest of children.  Early learners can get a huge head start by learning meditation and mindfulness techniques that will carry them throughout their life.  Young children are very receptive to these practices and enjoy simply yet effective mindfulness exercises.  Benefits also reach teachers and create an overall balance, appreciation, and joyfulness in programs which use these practices.


You can begin today with a simple yet highly effective guided meditation with your child like the one below:

This guided meditation brings a visual component to a very simple deep breathing exercise. You can do this standing or seated.

  1. Relax your body and begin to take deep inhales and slow exhales through the nose.
  2. Start to take a slow, deep breath to fill your belly up with air, as if you’re trying to blow up a big balloon. Expand your belly as much as you can.
  3. Slowly let the air out of the balloon (through the nose) as you release the breath from the belly.
  4. Encourage your kids to feel their entire body relax each time they exhale; each time air is slowly being released from the balloon. You can even make a “hissing” noise to encourage them to slow down the exhale even more, “Like letting air out of the balloon.”
  5. Continue for several minutes.


At Raising Arizona Preschool we practice mindfulness techniques with the children we serve.  Teachers have had a simple yet effective introduction to working with young children using meditation techniques.  Both staff and children are encouraged daily to use these methods in the classroom.  The teachers use deep breathing practices as a form of calming children and aiding in negative behaviors. As, we continue our journey to mindfulness look for Raising Arizona Preschool to be instituting a full meditation and mindfulness program for all children, family, and staff.  Raising Arizona Preschool is committed to mindfulness of children.